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photoblog image A Birmingham Day Out 14/21

A Birmingham Day Out 14/21

KING EDWARD VII STATUE

In 1910, the Birmingham Mail launched an appeal to erect a statue to Edward VII, in order to commemorate his reign. Over £5,000 was quickly raised and an area was allocated within Birmingham Children's Hospital for its location. The statue was unveiled in Victoria Square on St George's Day, 23 April 1913 by Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyll. It stood next to a statue of Queen Victoria. However, soon afterwards these statues were criticised as being of "ill matched designs". The statue of Edward VII was eventually moved to Highgate Park when Victoria Square was remodelled in 1951. Following successful lobbying by The Victorian Society, Birmingham City Council agreed to restore the statue and resite it back in the city centre. After restoration by Cliveden Conservation in Bath, starting in 2009, a new sceptre and orb capital were made and the three bronzes (one representing Peace, one representing Education and Progress and the other of St George slaying the dragon beneath a large stylised crown) were also re-made and the whole assembly reunited and erected on the original plinth, outside Baskerville House in Centenary Square.

 

A Birmingham Day Out 14/21

KING EDWARD VII STATUE

In 1910, the Birmingham Mail launched an appeal to erect a statue to Edward VII, in order to commemorate his reign. Over £5,000 was quickly raised and an area was allocated within Birmingham Children's Hospital for its location. The statue was unveiled in Victoria Square on St George's Day, 23 April 1913 by Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyll. It stood next to a statue of Queen Victoria. However, soon afterwards these statues were criticised as being of "ill matched designs". The statue of Edward VII was eventually moved to Highgate Park when Victoria Square was remodelled in 1951. Following successful lobbying by The Victorian Society, Birmingham City Council agreed to restore the statue and resite it back in the city centre. After restoration by Cliveden Conservation in Bath, starting in 2009, a new sceptre and orb capital were made and the three bronzes (one representing Peace, one representing Education and Progress and the other of St George slaying the dragon beneath a large stylised crown) were also re-made and the whole assembly reunited and erected on the original plinth, outside Baskerville House in Centenary Square.

 

comments (10)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 22 Jun 2014, 00:23
I believe the backdrop is more impressive that the statue, Brian.
Brian Walbey: Certainly a greater opportunity for a variety of shots Ray.
A very handsome statue isn't it!
Brian Walbey: Indeed it is Elizabeth, you might have noticed quite a lot of similar statues during your time in London.
grand statue
Brian Walbey: Our Kings and Queens have always been presented as proud statues Chantal.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 22 Jun 2014, 07:05
A fine monument isn't it Brian. I wonder what he'd make of modern Brum?
Brian Walbey: Yes very impressive statue, but I do wonder if he actually ever went to Birmingham in the first place.
I have never actually seen this!
Brian Walbey: At one end of Centenary Square Bill.
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 22 Jun 2014, 08:49
Looks good in your photograph against the dark facade with the threads of colour.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Mike, that's what I was aiming for.
Mmm - unusual, not many such of Ed 7 around, I think - I think there's one of him in Lisbon in the park named after him - he was very popular in Portugal!
Brian Walbey: I guess Queen Victoria must be top of the list in the number of statues here and there.
  • Bonnie
  • United States
  • 22 Jun 2014, 17:41
Love the outlined windows behind this. Nice pattern for background.
Brian Walbey: Yes a good building to take pattern shots of the windows.
Quite a handsome monument Brian!
Brian Walbey: He looks very regal doesn't he.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 22 Jun 2014, 21:45
It all looks fine. Glad t o hear that its back in the centre of the city where it can be appreciated by more people.
Brian Walbey: Yes not a bad statue Alan, in a very good position to be seen.

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